Enabling industrial decarbonisation: The vital role of solar thermal and geothermal for the energy transition in industry

Industry decarbonisation is key to the EU’s climate and energy security objectives. The bulk of manufacturing industry greenhouse gas emissions comes from the use of fossil fuels for heating at different temperatures.

Half of manufacturing heat requires low-to-medium temperature ranges which are best met by local renewable heating resources such as solar thermal and geothermal resources.

This event will explore how to accelerate industry’s transition to renewable heating through examples in Europe and abroad and outline the dedicated support structure required to aid European industry.

Welcome : Beatrice Covassi, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Chair of the Sustainable, Long-term Investments & Competitive European Industry Intergroup

Keynote speech : Lukasz Kolinski, Head of Unit, Renewables and Energy System Integration, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission 

Case studies

  • Adele Manzella, Coordinator of geothermal projects, Italian National Research Council, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (CNR-IGG)
  • Gianni Vanneste, Group Energy Optimization Manager, Boortmalt Group and Hugues Defréville, CEO Newheat

Panel discussion (moderated by Anna Gumbau):

  • Pedro Dias, Policy Director, Solar Heat Europe
  • Sanjeev Kumar, Head of Policy, EGEC
  • Adele Manzella, Coordinator of geothermal projects, CNR-IGG
  • Gianni Vanneste, Group Energy Optimization Manager, Boortmalt Group
  • Hugues Defréville, CEO Newheat
  • Leo Hellinga, Senior Relationship Manager Energy and Climate, Triodos Bank


Intervention by Member of the European Parliament, Professor Zdzisław Krasnodębski

Closing remarks by Guglielmo Cioni, President of Solar Heat Europe and MEP Beatrice Covassi

Networking Drinks


Contact: Garance Galliaerde, secretariat@investmentindustryintergroup.eu

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11/10/2023 6:00 pm
6:00 pm
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047, Brussels
Room 4Q2